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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Training Project

Project Director(s):

Charles E. Irwin, MD
University of California, San Francisco
LH 245, Box 0503
San Francisco, CA  94143
Phone: 415-502-2067
FAX: 415-476-6106
Email: charles.irwin@ucsf.edu


Adolescents and young adults' (A&YA) health needs require an interdisciplinary work force that is responsive to emerging problems and provides innovative solutions to help young people's succeed as they transition to adulthood. Prevention and intervention efforts have helped to improve A&YA health in many areas, yet many YSHCN require health professionals who can work collaboratively to assist with their transition into adolescence and young adulthood. Based in California with a diverse population, our leadership training project provides an ideal training site to develop leaders who will be able to respond to emerging issues.

Goals and Objectives:

Our goals & objectives are to: (1) Develop MCH leaders in A&YA health in the 5 core MCH disciplines through an interdisciplinary training project that incorporates the MCH leadership competencies and reflects MCH Strategic Plan goals; (2) Utilize an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum and an individualized development plan to prepare trainees to become MCH leaders with an A&YA focus; (3) Provide A&YA- and family-centered, culturally and linguistically competent, accessible, coordinated and comprehensive healthcare using innovative interdisciplinary models of care consistent with the goals of HP2020, Bright Futures and ACA; (4) Generate and advance the MCH knowledge base in A&YA health through research and evaluation, and translate findings into public health policy and practice; and 5) Strengthen MCH programs, through collaboration, network building, and continuing education (CE) and technical assistance (TA).


We shall train at least 10 long term trainees, 50 medium term and 200 short-term trainees each year through a core curriculum driven by an Individualized Development Plan, the Life Course Model with 5 cores. Services at UCSF and in the Community will provide training and a transition service for YSHCN will be developed. Our research and training incorporates the HP 2020 concepts and evidence-based science. Our TA and CE programs work with the nation, Region IX , California, and local MCH partners to improve health. HP 2020 Objectives: Our focus will be on Adolescent Health Core Objectives: AH-1 to AH-11.


We work with Title V Programs in Region IX to maximize our resources and the California Collaborative, State Adolescent Health Coordinators, and the National Initiative to Improve Adolescent and Young Adult Health.


We track our graduates with the an annual NIRS Survey, our clinical activities through the demographics of whom we serve, our research through publications and extramural resources and our TA and CE by the numbers who participated in our programs.

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